ALBUM REVIEW: Midlake – Antiphon

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  Written for DIY It used to be that losing a frontman meant losing a band. But that was in the past, and we live in the present, which means Battles can draft in Gary Numan for Tyondai Braxton, Paul McCartney can improbably moonlight as Kurt Cobain and Texan Americana types Midlake can deal with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Wave Pictures – City Forgiveness

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  Written for DIY Having carried the flame of melancholic, sardonic British indie wit for eight or thirteen full-lengths (depending on how you count it), one might assume The Wave Pictures’ fingers were starting to get singed. But that would have made an ass of us both, since album eight or thirteen (depending on how … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Flynn – Country Mile

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Written for DIY “I’ve only got so near / I’ve only gone so far,” sighs Johnny Flynn on the opening title track of ‘Country Mile’. He’s earned a right to be wistful. In the years since his and backing band The Sussex Wit’s first album (2008’s ‘A Larum’; that’s ‘Alarm’ to everyone who doesn’t speak Middle English), he’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Superchunk – I Hate Music

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  Written for DIY North Carolina’s Superchunk have been around the block a few times. They’re…mature. They’re very wise. Look they’re old, okay? They’ve been stamping on distortion pedals and jumping around in plaid shirts for a good couple of decades now. It’s easy to see how they might get a bit cynical. Still, ‘I … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Veirs – Warp and Weft

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Written for DIY Despite the best sources claiming she hails from Portland, Oregon, from the sound of ‘Warp & Weft’ Laura Veirs could just have easily suffered through the totally-not-climate-change-related tropical summer the British isles have just sweated their way through. Her ninth LP is in no hurry, and the gentle alt-folk arrangements have a … Continue reading